Anticipation and Excitement!

I love the feeling in the pit of your stomach that flutters like little butterflies when you are looking forward to something new.  Quality time and family are always the most important things in life, or they should be anyway, but sometimes we all get caught up in our daily routines and before long our careers or jobs become the highest priority.

I hate that.  Life is too short.  We should enjoy life.  Savor our experiences and bask in the things that make us happy.  Time with family and friends.  Laughing and enjoying each other’s company should be the most important goal and our highest priority.

I realized as I have gotten older that I absolutely hate the daily routines and desire nothing more than to have fun and enjoy life. I want to savor the good times spent with close friends just riding on the Blue Ridge Parkway exploring new things and newly discovered attractions.  The jokes and laughing on the way to those new explorations and the beauty found in nature.  Creating memories of happy times.

I want to spend more time with family even if it’s just conversation over a cup of coffee or dinner and spend more time with the things that I am passionate about such as writing and reading.

My new goal is to do just that.  Participate in the activities that I want to do and experiment.  Going to break out of the daily routines and schedules that please others, but be spontaneous for myself.

Don’t get me wrong, there will still be responsibilities and those will still be done as it is necessary to survive but from now on I will strive to do things that make me happy and I will not have any regrets or worry if it will upset someone else.

Regrets, worry, and stress are something I will avoid at all cost.  I have to for my sanity.

Life, family, love, friends, laughter, and happiness!  That is what we should be about.

Life is too short not to!

LAZY SUNDAY!

Lazy Sunday…FINALLY! Gonna try to dip into writing and finish off a scene with Maya and Sorem. Still can’t decide if Sorem should be the type of character that you will love one moment and hate the next. What do you think? Should he have a spark of light buried beneath all the darkness of his soul? or should he be corrupt all the way to the core?

Getting Reviewed by Book Bloggers–What Was Revealed at Our March 31, 2015, W.I.S.E. Coffee Meeting

Words for the Journey Christian Writers Guild

In our last meeting on March 31st, we talked about promoting our books through blog reviewers. The post I read to the group and taught from was,”Book Bloggers: Where to Find Them and How to Win Them Over,” by Jenny Bravo (see link at bottom of article).

Some writers don’t realize that there are bloggers out there that do nothing but read books and review them for FREE. But now that so many authors have caught on to this, you have to figure out the right approach to get them to review your book.

But before that, you have to find them.

The two biggest sources are Twitter and Instagram, and the way you find them is through hashtags.

For instance, on Twitter, put #amreading in the search window. The page that comes up will have tweets from readers and blog reviewers. If you click on their name, it’ll take you to their profile page and…

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Promoting to Readers who Actually Read Your Genre

Publicity Tip #89 ~

The promotional opportunities with the website ReadingDeals are extremely affordable and highly targeted to your readership – really.

There are 3 ways ReadingDeals works to help you on your marketing and publicity campaign:

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1) FREE! You can submit your book for consideration to their DailyDeals email newsletter that sends a list of free and bargain eBooks to genre-specific reader members. A ‘bargain’ means that you book needs to be on sale for 33% off or more. However, there is no guarantee your book will be included in their newsletter with this option. They have limited space for “unpaid author promotions” and are very selective about how a book looks and reads [check out their guidelines HERE].

2) PAY – For only $10 you will have a “guaranteed” spot in one of their DailyDeals newsletters, as long as your book fits…

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TERRIBLE TUESDAY!

Well my Tuesday is starting crappy! NO sleep last night and barely dragging my butt to work but still have Maya’s well being on my mind. Sorem is barely whispering his story to me. He is trying to remain mysterious and charming all at the same time. However I will peel back away his dark layers and reveal just how evil he is. I will show how the darkness is rotting away anything that used to be ripe and fresh.